No Swedish politicians represent PKK, says Swedish FM

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde rejected claims by Turkish media that there were terrorism supporters in the Swedish parliament in a tweet on Friday.

“Incorrect information that Swedish politicians in democratic assemblies represent the terrorist organisation PKK. These are serious allegations that have no basis. Violence, terrorism or extremism have no place in our democratic society,” Linde said.

Pro-government Türkiye newspaper ran a story entitled “PKK blackmail for Sweden” on May 22, saying Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson had taken office thanks to “a deputy who supports the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG)”.

PKK, an armed group that has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for four decades, is designated a terrorist organisation by Sweden, while the Syrian Kurdish YPG is not. Turkey maintains the two organisations are related and designates both terrorists.

The newspaper was referring to Amineh Kakabaveh, an independent Swedish deputy with an Iranian-Kurdish background. It said the deputy had demanded Andersson support PKK in return for giving her critical support in parliament last year.

Two days before Türkiye newspaper’s report, Linde had said Sweden had been the first after Turkey to add PKK to the list of terrorist organisations. “This position remains unchanged,” she said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed objections to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues. Among reasons Erdoğan cites are Sweden’s alleged support for the PKK and its granting of asylum to persons wanted in Turkey for terrorism.

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